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So much more than just a violent adults comic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2022
I loved the TV show so wanted to check out the comics (graphic novels) as well, and they are so much better than the TV show.
Very violent with lots of swearing including repeated use of the C Word (apparently its a British privilege to use) so be warned, but it is also hilarious, poignant, heart breakingly sad and heart warming. Contoversial and on the pulse of pop culture, it covers gays, lesbians, rape, rascism, hatred, corruption, drug and alcohol abuse and every human emotion we show or hide.
No other artist I have ever seen can capture every human emotion on paper so perfectly as Darrick, it is simply amazing how a slightly blurry background character with an indistinct face can yet express surprise, shoch, humour or terror with such clarity let alone what he achieves with the main characters.
This series of comics makes me laugh like few other things, (Butchers first sight of Hughie after his 1st night with Annie), the violence is genuinely disturbing, (Butchers revenge on Jack) and brings a tear to my eye, (Hughies reaction to 'that video') It also makes me feel quite uncomfortable, (why M.M is caled M.M)
The show has dropped a colossal clanger by not following certain parts of this comic onscreen in my opinion, (the shattering relationship between Homelander and Black Noir) and have lost such an important part in not having The Boys also taking compound V, the difference in dynamic between how The Boys react to The Supes on paper and on TV are poles apart and I will never understand why the TV executives made some of their decisions or even to a certain extent why Garth Enniss went along with the TV show when his story has been castrated, massacred and had its face torn off and put in a pizza box!
The full set of comics in any format, either individually or in omnibus form is not cheap but worth every penny to me.
Its a story you can read a thousand times and the art is always uplifting.
On a personal note, my single favourite individual frame in the entire series is that of Frenchie's 'Bonjour' at the window of the Russians car.
Everyone on Earth has heard of The Boys but if you have only seen it on TV you are missing out on so much.
Buy the comics.